One-in-two Australians who had cold and flu-like symptoms in the past six months decided not to get a COVID-19 test, research from the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia reveals.
Association president Michael Dray said it was concerning only 45 per cent of respondents with symptoms got tested as the Delta variant of the virus continues to spread across the country, causing lockdowns in some states.
"In order to successfully get on top of the current outbreaks in Australia, we strongly advise anyone to be tested if they have cold and flu-like symptoms, or if they have attended any of the venues currently listed," Dr Dray said.
"Until the community is fully vaccinated, high levels of testing remains the best way to manage COVID-19, allowing public health officials to contact trace effectively."
About 20.8 million tests have been conducted in Australia since the pandemic began.
The June research found 93 per cent of those surveyed believed pathology played a vital role within the Australian medical profession.
A record number of people were tested in NSW, which currently has the most COVID-19 cases, in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday with more than 73,000 people getting tested.
This surpasses the state's previous record of 69,000 during the Northern Beaches cluster in December.